LOCAL offenders have been working the graveyard shift at a Yardley Wood church.
The group is helping to clear up the cemetery behind Christ Church.
Every Sunday they visit the site and spend their time mowing the grass, clearing the undergrowth, and removing weeds.
Their efforts are part of ‘Community Payback,’ a scheme which gets criminals to carry out free work and pay back the community.
Rev John Richards has praised the group’s efforts and said that the work has made a big difference to the area.
“We used to get so many complaints about the state of the graveyard. It’s so big it’s difficult to keep it well maintained – it’s a lot for us to do, and we don’t
get any funding,” he explained.
“The offenders work really hard, and have done a great job. The hours they’ve put in have really made a difference to the appearance of the churchyard and that’s helped relations between the church and the residents.”
If you’d like to nominate a project that could do with some help from the Community Payback group call 0121 248 2688 go to www.westmidlands-probation.gov.uk/wmps.